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Newcastle defender Sven Botman might make a comeback after being given a break in the midweek FA Cup victory. Elliot Anderson is eager for more playing time following his return from a back injury, but Matt Targett is still not ready due to a hamstring issue.

Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan is unavailable due to a hamstring injury sustained earlier in the week. Matheus Cunha remains on the sidelines, while Joao Gomes should be fit despite experiencing cramps in Wednesday’s match.


Here are the key lines from his news conference:

  • O’Neil confirmed Hwang Hee-chan won’t be available for the match. He said it will need “more assessments” to establish a timescale but the forward “hopefully won’t be [out] long”.

  • He added: “I knew there were some players who were a risk for the midweek game but Hee-Chan felt fine. All his recovery stuff had gone well and he was one we thought was able and ready to go again, but things like that can happen.”

  • On the progress Wolves have made this campaign, he said: “Extremely happy. Every single player in the squad should be extremely proud of what they have managed to produce. We know how small the squad is and we have spent a lot of this season without key players… they have continued to surprise people through this season and I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond to another challenge [against Newcastle].”

  • O’Neil said the squad have done “a lot of work every day about how important it is to be together” and that they “have pushed people every day to remind them of standards in everything we do, how we respond to disappointment, not allowing people to go off on their own and show disconnect from the team”.

  • He said Newcastle have “suffered” because of injuries, but added: “They are coming back and [Alexander] Isak being back is a massive plus, so they will be a threat. They are a good side and will return to form. We face a Newcastle side we know will be dangerous.”

  • On setting the bar high this season, he said: “I want the bar set high and I understand that you can fall below it and it is failing. But, falling below a bar that has been set is not a problem, it is how you do it and go about it. If we had failed against Brighton giving what we gave, that would have been acceptable to me.”

  • Asked how difficult it will be to keep up, he said: “If the expectation is to see us win the FA Cup and finish in Europe then this will be the toughest part of the season, for sure. We will need to push and do more than we have done so far, and we will be tested every week against good sides.”

  • He added: “That is the challenge. None of us want to sit here and think, ‘oh we have 38 [points], that’s great, 38 might even keep us up so let’s have a chillout and everyone can tell us how good we were for the first five months’. That is not where we are. We keep pushing for every game and see where we can get to and enjoy it.”



  • Newcastle are aiming for a third consecutive home win over Wolves.
  • The Magpies have lost just one of their eight Premier League home games against Wolves (W3, D4).
  • Six of the last nine meetings have ended 1-1.
  • Both teams have scored in 16 of the 17 Premier League matches between these clubs.


  • Newcastle are looking for their first home win since 16 December, having drawn two and lost two at St James’ Park since then.
  • The Magpies have conceded 12 goals in their last four league matches.
  • Premier League matches involving Newcastle this season have featured an average of 3.81 goals a game, more than any other team.
  • Newcastle’s next Premier League goal will be their 1,500th, with their next victory Eddie Howe’s 100th as a manager.
  • Howe’s side have had six home clean sheets this season, more than any other team in the top flight.
  • Newcastle have conceded 14 goals in the 14 Premier League matches Nick Pope has started this term, and 31 goals in the 12 matches that he hasn’t.


  • Wolves have won six of their last nine Premier League matches (D1, L2), with only Manchester City and Liverpool winning more since that run started on Christmas Eve.
  • Wolverhampton could remain unbeaten in seven away matches in all competitions for the first time since 1959.
  • They have won 11 Premier League matches in this campaign, as many as they did in the whole of last season.
  • Gary O’Neil’s side are the only team not to have scored a Premier League goal from outside the penalty area this term.
  • Wolves’ next top-flight goal will be their 400th in the Premier League.
  • Pedro Neto’s next league assist will be a club-record 12th in a single Premier League season.


Referee: Tim Robinson. Assistants: Eddie Smart, James Mainwaring. Fourth official: Darren Bond. VAR: David Coote. Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.


Kick off is at 3pm at St James’ Park on Saturday 2nd March. This one is not being shown live on UK television.

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